MAILED: Jan. 31, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - Future and current secondary school teachers interested in master's degree level study of the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution can apply for fellowships awarded by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.
The fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 and are granted to college seniors and secondary school teachers of American history, American government or social studies, said Dr. Sylvia Sipress, professor of political science and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty representative for the fellowship program.
Selected James Madison Fellows are required to teach American history, American government or social studies in grades 7-12 for a minimum of one year for each academic year of graduate assistance they receive.
"The fellowship helps future teachers and those who are already teaching to become more knowledgeable about the Constitution and, in turn, benefit their young students," Sipress said.
Through a nationwide competition, fellowships will be awarded to at least one legal resident of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the other U.S. territories.
Fellows must enroll in graduate programs leading to master's degrees in American history, political science, or education offered by any accredited university, and participate in an accredited four-week summer institute on the principles, framing, ratification and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence and are evaluated on several factors, including: commitment to a career in teaching American history, American government, or social studies, demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility, and demonstrated capacity for graduate study.
For more information about the fellowship, contact Sipress at (715) 836-2269 or the James Madison Fellowship Program at 1-800-525-6928. The application deadline is March 1.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 23, 1997